Lucknow, Feb 2 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) expelled former general secretary Amar Singh and Lok Sabha member Jaya Prada from the party on Tuesday for violating party norms and spoiling the reputation of the party.
SP General Secretary Mohan Singh made the announcement at a press conference here. He said both spoiled the reputation and prestige of the party.
Singh said: "Jaya Prada acted like a guided missile."
Lok Sabha MP from Rampur Jaya Prada had on Sunday come out in support of Amar Singh.
"Amar Singhji has served the party for 14 years, but now the party is humiliating him. Netaji (Mulayam Singh) must intervene," the cine actor said on January 31.
"Amar Singhji stood by me in the time of crisis (when SP leader Azam Khan opposed her candidature in the last Lok Sabha elections), I will stand by Amar Singhji in this time of crisis," she added.
Mohan Singh's statements, however, reflected that the party's doors were still open for Azam Khan.
Singh said: "Azam Khan was a well-wisher of the party."
Four others were also expelled from the party.
The trouble between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh began last year. Amar Singh was upset that the other party leaders had questioned the candidature of actor Jaya Prada for the Rampur seat in the last Lok Sabha elections, and that he did not get the support of Yadav that time.
The rift further grew, when Mulayam's daughter-in-law, Dimple, lost the by-election to the Firozabad seat at the hands of Congress candidate actor Raj Babbar. The seat was earlier won by Mulayam's son Akhilesh, but he was selected to represent Kannauj seat.
Amar Singh had then blamed the over-confidence of Mulayam Singh's family for the loss.
On the other hand, Mulayam's son Akhilesh Yadav had put the blame on Amar Singh for the loss.
After Amar Singh quit from all posts of the party, his loyalist Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt too quit from the party. (ANI)